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The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation gives thousands of dollars in college scholarships yearly to young water sports athletes. 

The applicant must be an incoming Freshman through Senior at a two (2) or four (4) year accredited college or university as a full-time student and a U.S. Citizen. The award will be made to an undergraduate student for no more than (3) academic years. Recipients must attend school for the whole year during the year of the award. Not open to Graduate Students.


General guidelines for consideration include academic achievement, two letters of reference, school and community activities, and a 500-word essay or video. The deadline is April 1.


Also considered are the individual's contributions to the sport as a skier, rider, barefooter, volunteer, or official at tournaments.

A complete of our scholarships is HERE.


A National Selection Committee will choose the finalists based on information included with the completed application. Winners will be notified by July 15.

Scholarship Selection Committee:

Connie Bergmark, Chair
Betsy Anderson Gilman

Katie Horton

Jody Johnson

Megan Lambert

Teri Larson Jones

Jim Norton

Roger Olson

Glenn Sperry

Bobby Reich (Advisor)

Jeff Clark (Administrator)

Kerry Morgan (Asst. Administrator)

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Ways to Fund


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USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Grants

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation considers providing opportunities for youth athletes to compete in towed water sports, a top priority. We encourage clubs and programs from all areas of the United States to apply for our two grant programs


The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation initiative seeks to support and expand high-quality programs for youth that promote character building, education, water safety, active healthy, and drug-free behaviors, including event participation in water skiing, wakeboarding, and all towed water sports.


The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation does not discriminate, in its club grant selection process, on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, marital status, sex, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation of any club member or staff.

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Michael Gerken Equipment

In an effort to further support collegiate water ski teams, the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation will administer a $1,500 grant to collegiate water ski teams to help fund equipment such as water skis, bindings, vests, ropes, etc. 


The Michael Gerken Equipment Grant was established in honor of Michael Gerken, a member of the Iowa State University water ski team, whose life exemplified the principles of good sportsmanship and fairness, competition and courage.  

To apply for this or any grant from the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation please email our scholarship administrator

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